Fishing report — July 11

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

Northeast

Cimarron River: Water flow below Eagle Nest on Monday was 12 cfs. Trout fishing was fair using small brassies, elk hair caddis, small streamers, salmon eggs, worms and Panther Martin spinners. We had no reports from the Gravel Pit Lakes.

Clayton Lake: Another big rain in the area brought the lake level up an additional two feet and brought murky conditions as well. This slowed fishing again but there were a few trout taken on worms.

Conchas Lake: Fishing was very good using chicken liver, homemade stink bait and nightcrawlers for catfish. Fishing was fair using topwater lures, tubes, crank baits and jerk baits for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Anglers using topwater lures in the shallows also picked up a few walleye. Fishing was fair using crank baits and sassy shad for white bass. The surface water temp on Monday was in the low to mid 70s. The lake level rose about four feet since the last report. The Cove and Central campgrounds have reopened and the steep boat ramp on the north side and the Corps ramp on the south side are now open.

Coyote Creek: Trout fishing was slow to fair using salmon eggs, worms and Power Bait.

Eagle Rock Lake: Fishing was good using salmon eggs, Power Bait, worms, Panther Martins and Pistol Petes for trout.

Eagle Nest Lake: Water levels are dropping and four-wheel drive is now needed for launching boats. Extreme caution is advised. Boats over 20-feet are having considerable difficulty. Fishing was very good using worms and spinners from the bank and from boats for perch. Most were small but a few anglers reported catching a few pan size. Fishing for kokanee was good using Arnies, Panther Martins and Platte River specials. Anglers having the best luck were slow trolling with no extra weight and no bait on the hooks. A few rainbow trout were caught by anglers trolling for kokanee or using Power Bait from anchored boats. Fishing for northern pike was slow with a few taken by anglers using spoons and nightcrawlers.

Hopewell Lake: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait, salmon eggs, spinners, wooly buggers, brassies, elk hair caddis and copper John Barrs.

Lake Maloya: Fishing was good using Power Bait, marshmallows, worms and Pistol Petes for trout.

Los Pinos: Trout fishing was very good using salmon eggs, spinners, elk hair caddis, mosquitoes and flashback pheasant tails.

Manzano Lake: Fishing was fair to good using Power Bait, salmon eggs, worms and spinners for trout. We had no reports on other species.

Monastery Lake: The area is currently closed while aircraft are drawing water to fight a wildfire in the area.

Morphy Lake: The park is closed until further notice due to extreme fire conditions in the area.

Nutrias Lakes: Trout fishing was fair using spinners, worms, salmon eggs and dry flies. The best dry fly action was in the evening hours.

Pecos River: The following waters are closed to fishing due to the wildfire in the area: Pecos River from Cowles to the Village of Pecos, Cow Creek, Mora Creek, Holy Ghost Creek, Panchuela Creek, Winsor Creek, Jacks Creek, Mt View Ponds (aka Cowles Ponds), Dalton Canyon area and all Pecos Wilderness lakes and streams.

Red River: Water flow near the hatchery on Monday was 42 cfs. Trout fishing was good using copper John Barrs, poundmeisters, salmon eggs, worms and Panther Martins. For the second straight week, anglers did very well above and below the hatchery.

Rio Costilla: Water flow below Costilla Dam was 32 cfs. Trout fishing was good using elk hair caddis, parachute adams, brassies and small bead-head pheasant tail nymphs.

Rio Grande: Water flow near the Taos Junction Bridge on Monday was 233 cfs. Fishing was good using hoppers, Chernobyl ants, elk hair caddis, poundmeisters, copper John Barrs, salmon eggs, Fisher Chick spinners and Panther Martins. Fishing for smallmouth bass was fair using streamers and wooly buggers. We had no reports on other species.

Rio Hondo: Stream flow near Valdez on Monday was 19 cfs. Trout fishing was good using green drakes, poundmeisters, worms and salmon eggs.

Rio Pueblo de Taos: Water flow near Taos was 11 cfs. Trout fishing was fair using small copper John Barrs and elk hair caddis.

Santa Barbara: Trout fishing was good using elk hair caddis, parachute adams, bead-head hares ears, small hopper patterns and Panther Martin spinners.

Shuree Ponds: Fishing was good using Kastmasters, Panther Martins, wooly buggers and Pistol Petes for trout.

Storrie Lake: Fishing was fair to good using salmon peach Power Bait and salmon eggs for trout. We had no reports on other species.

Ute Lake: Fishing continued to be very good using a variety of topwater lures and trolling crank baits for white bass. Fishing for walleye was fair trolling bottom bouncer nightcrawler rigs and crank baits. Fishing was good using worms for bluegill. Catfish action picked up this past week with best baits being cut bait and liver. Fishing for largemouth bass was good for anglers flipping soft plastics in the trees. Fishing for smallmouth bass was fair using suspending jerk baits, crank baits and tubes on rocky points. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the mid 70s.

 

Northwest

Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was very good using topwater lures, crank baits, jerk baits and swim baits for smallmouth bass. Most of the bass were caught off main lake rocky points. Fishing was fair to good using spinner grub and spinner nightcrawler combos, crank baits and tubes. Night fishing was good using liver and shrimp for catfish. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp ranged from the mid 60s to the low 70s

Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday was 196 cfs. Trout fishing was slow to fair using worms and salmon eggs.

Bluewater Lake: Fishing was very good using crank baits, jerk baits, swim baits and spinner baits for tiger musky. Fishing for catfish was fair to good using nightcrawlers and shrimp. We had no reports on other species. The boat launch area has been moved south of the main boat ramp. Anglers should be aware that it is illegal to use live minnows at this lake.

Brazos River: Trout fishing was good using pheasant tail nymphs, elk hair caddis, small streamers and spinners.

Canjilon Lakes: Trout fishing was fair to good using Panther Martins, Fisher Chick spinners, Pistol Petes, zug bugs, beetles, Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms. The best reports have been coming from the upper lake.

Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 365 cfs and 302 cfs respectively. Trout fishing below El Vado was fair to good using nightcrawlers, wooly buggers, Rapalas, Panther Martins, Power Bait and salmon eggs for a mixed bag of browns and rainbows. We had no reports from below Abiquiu.

Cochiti Lake: The surface water temp was in the high 60s to low 70s. Fishing was fair using crank baits, jerk baits and spinner baits for northern pike. Fishing was fair using bottom bouncer nightcrawler rigs, crank baits and grubs for a mixed bag of walleye and small white bass. Fishing was fair using jigs, grubs, tubes and topwater lures for smallmouth bass. We had no reports on other species.

Fenton Lake: The park is closed and will remain closed due to extreme fire danger.

Heron Lake: Kokanee fishing was fair trolling Cripplures, Panther Martins, Arnies and Z Rays tipped with corn. Most of the kokanee were caught around the island in the deeper water. Fishing from the bank was slow to fair using Power Bait and salmon eggs for a mixed bag of kokanee and rainbow trout. Anglers can still launch boats at the La Laja boat ramp. The water level is dropping about a foot and a half per week.

Jackson Lake: Fishing was generally slow but there were a few largemouth bass caught by anglers using plastics.

Jemez Waters: The Santa Fe National Forest is closed until further notice.

Laguna del Campo: Trout fishing was slow to fair using Pistol Petes, spinners, Power Bait and salmon eggs.

Navajo Lake: Hot spot for kokanee: Fishing was very good trolling Arnies, Panther Martins, Cripplures and Z Rays tipped with corn for kokanee. Anglers reported taking fish at 4 colors and the best reports came from anglers trolling from the dam to the Frances Canyon area. Fishing was very good using grubs, tubes, senkos, crank baits and jerk baits for smallmouth bass and an occasional largemouth bass. Fishing was fair using perch colored crank baits for northern pike. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp ranged from the low to mid 70s.

San Gregorio: Closed.

San Juan: Water flow below Navajo on Monday was 900 cfs. Trout fishing through the Quality Waters was fair using black leeches, black or brown streamers, hoppers, San Juan worms, wooly buggers and chocolate big macs. Anglers reported adding a little weight to get down to the bottom feeders. Fishing through the bait waters was fair using hoppers, wooly buggers, jerk baits, salmon eggs and nightcrawlers.

Santa Cruz Lake: Trout fishing was fair using worms, salmon eggs and spinners.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: Closed.

Tingley Beach: Fishing at the Central and Youth Ponds was good using nightcrawlers, hot dog chunks and homemade dough bait for catfish. The best catfish reports came from anglers using hot dogs. Anglers using nightcrawlers and red worms are catching a few trout and bluegill. Fishing at the Catch and Release Pond was slow.

 

Southwest

Bear Canyon: Fishing was good using chicken liver and nightcrawlers for catfish. Fishing for all other species was slow. At this time water is being taken from the lake to help combat the Silver Fire.

Bill Evans Lake: Fishing was slow for all species with just an occasional bass and catfish caught by anglers using worms.

Caballo Lake: Fishing was very good using nightcrawlers for catfish and white bass. Anglers using crank baits, sassy shad, curly tail grubs and topwater lures also reported good catches of white bass along with a few walleye. Expect the lake levels to drop considerably over the next several days.

Elephant Butte: The surface water temp was in the mid to high 70s. Fishing was fair using shiners, grubs, sassy shad, Flicker Shad and topwater lures for white bass. Be sure and watch for the birds to get in on the topwater action. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth was slow to fair using tubes, creature baits, salt craws, topwater lures and shiners. Fishing for catfish was fair to good using shiners, cut bait, chicken liver and shrimp. We had no reports on other species. The Monticello, Rock Canyon and Dam Site boat ramps remain closed due to low water conditions.

Escondida Lake: Fishing was fair to good using liver, nightcrawlers and hot dogs for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Gila River: Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 78 cfs.

Glenwood Pond: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait and salmon eggs.

Lake Roberts: Fishing was slow for all species.

Quemado Lake: The recreation area around the lake has reopened.

Rio Grande: Water flow below Elephant Butte on Monday morning was 1,050 cfs but expected to drop drastically during the day. Fishing below Elephant Butte was fair using nightcrawlers, cut bait and chicken liver for catfish. A few walleye were caught by anglers using nightcrawlers. Fishing below Caballo was good using minnows, grubs and nightcrawlers for a mixed bag of white bass, walleye and catfish.

 

Southeast

Black River: Stream flow at Malaga on Monday was 4.1 cfs.

Bonito Lake: Closed.

Bosque Redondo: Fishing was slow for all species.

Brantley Lake: Anglers are to practice catch-and-release for all fish here as high levels of DDT were found in several fish.

Carlsbad Municipal Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

El Rito Creek: Trout fishing was slow to fair using salmon eggs, worms, elk hair caddis and small copper John Barrs.

Greene Acres Lake: Fishing was fair to good using nightcrawlers and homemade dough bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Green Meadow Lake: Fishing was fair using nightcrawlers and stink bait for catfish. Fishing for all other species was slow.

Grindstone Reservoir: Trout fishing was fair to good using salmon eggs, Power Bait and Kastmasters. We had no reports on other species.

Jal Lake: Fishing was fair using worms for catfish.

Lake Van: Fishing was fair using homemade dough bait, nightcrawlers, liver and Catfish Charlie’s blood bait for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Oasis Park Lake: Fishing was good using homemade dough balls and nightcrawlers for catfish. Anglers are reminded that there is a 2-fish limit on channel catfish.

Pecos River: Stream flow below Sumner Lake on Monday was 74 cfs. Fishing was slow to fair using nightcrawlers and liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species.

Ruidoso River: Stream flow near Hollywood on Monday was 1.8 cfs. Trout fishing was slow.

Santa Rosa Lake: The lake level rose 7.5 feet over the weekend resulting in a closure of the primitive ramp area and very murky water conditions. Fishing was slow for all species. No boat launching at this time.

Sumner Lake: Fishing was good using crank baits, sassy shad and bottom bouncer nightcrawlers rigs for a mixed bag of white bass and walleye. Fishing was good using liver, nightcrawlers, hot dogs and homemade dough baits for catfish. We had no reports on other species. The lake level rose about 5 feet with recent rains. The main boat ramp has reopened. Monday but the east side boat ramp remains open.

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